Exploring Data in Virtual Reality: Comparisons with 2D Data Visualizations

Patrick Millais, Simon Jones, Ryan Kelly

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Abstract

Virtual Reality (VR) has often been discussed as a promising medium for immersive data visualization and exploration. However, few studies have evaluated users’ open-ended exploration of multi-dimensional datasets using VR and compared the results with that of traditional (2D) visualizations. Using a workload- and insight-based evaluation methodology, we conducted a user study to perform such a comparison. We find that there is no overall task-workload di↵erence between traditional visualizations and visualizations in VR, but there are di↵erences in the accuracy and depth of insights that users gain. Our results also suggest that users feel more satisfied and successful when using VR data exploration tools, thus demonstrating the potential of VR as an engaging medium for visual data analytics.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI’18 Extended Abstracts
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
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StatusPublished - 21 Apr 2018

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Millais, P., Jones, S., & Kelly, R. (2018). Exploring Data in Virtual Reality: Comparisons with 2D Data Visualizations. In CHI’18 Extended Abstracts Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3170427.3188537

Exploring Data in Virtual Reality: Comparisons with 2D Data Visualizations. / Millais, Patrick; Jones, Simon; Kelly, Ryan.

CHI’18 Extended Abstracts. Association for Computing Machinery, 2018.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Millais, P, Jones, S & Kelly, R 2018, Exploring Data in Virtual Reality: Comparisons with 2D Data Visualizations. in CHI’18 Extended Abstracts. Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3170427.3188537
Millais P, Jones S, Kelly R. Exploring Data in Virtual Reality: Comparisons with 2D Data Visualizations. In CHI’18 Extended Abstracts. Association for Computing Machinery. 2018. Available from, DOI: 10.1145/3170427.3188537
Millais, Patrick ; Jones, Simon ; Kelly, Ryan. / Exploring Data in Virtual Reality: Comparisons with 2D Data Visualizations. CHI’18 Extended Abstracts. Association for Computing Machinery, 2018.
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